Google is able to translate almost every language in the world and is a highly useful tool when travelling abroad or learning a new skill.
Since Google was founded in 1998, the company has exploded onto the internet and is now the go-to search engine for most people the world over.
As such, more people are communicating and posting online than ever and Google has responded with its own handy tool for circumventing the language barrier.
There is more than one way to use Google translate, however, and the services can be used in a number of different ways.
How to use Google translate
Google Translate is an extremely simple tool to use as the service often automatically comes into effect.
When you enter the URL of a webpage in a foreign language, a ‘translate page’ option should pop up on the top right-hand side of the window.
Click ‘allow’ and the entire page will be translated to the language of your choice.
Normally, the page will be translated to the language you computer is set to, which for those in the UK would be English.
However, if you would prefer to have a page translated to something else, you can easily change it.
To change the service to allow translations in a language other than the one you have defaulted to, you need to change your settings.
First, click on the three dots in the top right-hand side of the menu and go to settings.
From there, your settings will appear. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘advanced settings’.
This will take you to the ‘languages’ option, click on the arrow to the left and select the language of your preference.
From here you can also turn off the automatic Google translate option should you wish.
How to use Google Translate on the go
Google Translate is also accessible via mobile, where the automatic option to translate a page will still crop up if you are using the Chrome search engine or Google app.
There is also a mobile app which will allow you to do a host of other things with languages, and broaden the reach of the app itself.
The app is able to translate over 103 languages, and it has found some impressive new ways to translate the world around you.
One of the most useful features of the Google translate app is the ability to use camera translation.
Vital for a holiday in a foreign country, the app allows you to point your camera at a sign in another language, and instantly translate it to your own.
There is also a conversation mode, where there is instant two-way translation in 32 languages.
Also useful for holidays is the built-in phrasebook, which allows you to save certain keywords for future reference.
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